Meet Our Highly-Trained Eating Disorder Specialists
Psychiatrists | Psychologists | Individual, Group and Family Therapists | Admissions Coordinators | Community Outreach & Education | Research Team | Discharge Coordinator | Registered Dietitians | Expressive Art Therapists | Occupational Therapists | Nursing
Harry A. Brandt, M.D.
Dr. Harry Brandt is Co-Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and Chief of Psychiatry at University of Maryland-St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Brandt attended University of Maryland School of Medicine, and trained in Psychiatry at University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry where he currently serves on the faculty. He pursued fellowship training in Biological Psychiatry and Eating Disorders at the National Institutes of Health where he ultimately became Chief of the NIMH Eating Disorders Program. Subsequently, he headed the eating disorders programs at Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center, before moving his team to Sheppard Pratt in 2005. Dr. Brandt, widely published in eating disorders, has been the Principal Site Investigator of two major federally-funded research grants. Active in the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Brandt is a past-president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, and has served as Representative to the APA Assembly. Additionally, he is a Past-President of the Medical Staff and member of the Board of Trustees of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Brandt has repeatedly been listed as a Baltimore Top Doctor and in Best Doctors in America.
Steven F. Crawford, M.D.
Dr. Steven Crawford is Co-Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at University of Maryland-St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Crawford attended University of Maryland School of Medicine and trained in Psychiatry at University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry. He received fellowship training in eating disorders at The Center for Eating Disorders and has worked continuously in the field for over twenty-five years. He provides clinical leadership and supervision at all levels of care. In addition to involvement in several federally-funded research projects, he directs and coordinates the Center’s fellowship training program in eating disorders. Dr. Crawford is a Past-President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and chairs the Scientific Council of Med-Chi, the Maryland State Medical Society. He serves on the Multi-disciplinary Peer Review Committee at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and heads Schwartz Center Rounds to bring doctors, nurses and other caregivers together to discuss the human side of healthcare. Dr. Crawford is consistently listed as Top Doctor in local and national professional surveys.
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Rebecca Begtrup, D.O., MPH
Dr. Begtrup earned her Doctorate of Osteopathy and Masters of Public Health at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She completed a triple board residency in general pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was Chief Resident in that setting from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Begtrup is a member in good standing of AACAP, AOA, AAP and APA and is board certified in psychiatry. She completed an Eating Disorders Fellowship at Center for Eating Disorders through University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2013. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Begtrup joined The Center for Eating Disorders staff as an attending psychiatrist in our inpatient and partial hospital programs where she currently leads a treatment team of multi-disciplinary staff in the implementation of evidence-based, team-based approaches to patient care.
Laura Gaffney, M.D.
Dr. Gaffney graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1995. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland in 1999 after which she did a one-year fellowship in eating disorders at the Center for Eating Disorders. She is board certified in General Psychiatry. She has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 1999 and currently provides psychopharmacology and psychotherapy on an outpatient basis.
Heather Goff, M.D.
Dr. Goff joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2011. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, she is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, providing her a developmental perspective that enhances her work with patients of all ages. Her initial medical training was at New York Medical College, followed by a residency in Adult Psychiatry at Yale University, where she was a chief resident in 2005-2006. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, where she was again chosen to be a chief resident in 2007-2008. Upon completion of her post-graduate training, Dr. Goff joined the Yale faculty, with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center. As a clinician-educator, she was the teaching attending for one of the adolescent inpatient units. She also served as Director of the Child Study Center at Madison, where she provided direct outpatient care to children, adolescents and their families. While at Yale, Dr. Goff was also a fellow at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Public Policy, leading to her interest in the intersection of the media and social policy in the development and treatment of eating disorder. In her role at CED, Dr. Goff spent one year treating individuals in the inpatient and the partial hospital programs. More recently she transitioned to a new role as Medical Director of The Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program and is also completing assessments and evaluations for children and adolescents in our outpatient department.
Tracy Kuniega-Pietrzak, M.D.
Dr. Kuniega-Pietrzak attended the University of Maryland Medical School from 1997-2001. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and stayed at Brown for her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship where she was chief resident. At Brown she developed an interest in both eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and participated in the POTS II research study for OCD. She is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Kuniega-Pietrzak has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 2006.
Jill Midthune, M.D.
Dr. Midthune graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Goucher College in 1985. She graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1989, and completed her psychiatry residency there in 1993. Dr. Midthune is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with certification in psychiatry. Dr. Midthune completed a two-year fellowship in eating disorders at Mercy Medical Center, and has worked with The Center for Eating Disorders in various rolessince 1993. She currently provides outpatient psychopharmacology and weekend coverage on the inpatient unit.
Mamata N. Mysore, M.D.
Dr. Mysore graduated from JSS medical College in India in 1999. She completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry from 2000-2004 at the Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University and a subsequent fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland from 2004 to 2006. After completing a fellowship in Eating Disorders in 2007, Dr. Mysore joined the staff at CED as an Attending Psychiatrist. She is Board certified in Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her specialty is in Psychodynamics and Comprehensive Treatment of Eating Disorders in Adults and Children/Adolescents.
Svetlana Savchenko, M.D.
Dr. Savchenko is double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. After graduating from the Moscow Medical Academy in 1994, she completed a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete her residency training at St. Elizabeth’s in 2006. From 2006 to 2008 she completed her fellowships with the University of Maryland Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department and a psychoanalysis and psychotherapy fellowship at the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. In 2009, following completion of an eating disorder fellowship at CED, Dr. Savchenko began her current role with the CED as a Psychiatrist in our inpatient and partial hospital programs. Dr. Savchenko has a special interest in parent/child interaction and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.
Lori Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Schwartz graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2009. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2013 and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2015, both at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program. She served as chief resident from 2014-2015 during her fellowship. During her residency she became interested in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders and worked on The Center for Eating Disorders' inpatient unit prior to graduating. During her fellowship, she continued working with CED in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She currently sees individuals in the Intensive Outpatient Program and at the outpatient department. Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Psychiatry.
Nancy Wahls, M.D.
Dr. Wahls is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and eating disorders. She initially trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology before shifting her focus to Psychiatry, and she worked in neuro-psychopharmacology research before embarking on her clinical medical career. Dr. Wahls has advanced degrees from Dartmouth, Wake Forest, and the Art Institute of Chicago and she has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Maryland Psychiatric Society since 2007. Her diverse professional background augments her abilities as a Psychiatrist who balances psychodynamic strategies with psychopharmacology best practices. Dr. Wahls first joined the staff of The Center for Eating Disorders in 2006, working with individuals in the inpatient and partial hospital programs. Currently, she treats patients primarily in the outpatient setting. Dr. Wahls is committed to individualizing treatment and to helping patients recognize, develop, and diversify their personal strengths in order to achieve long-term recovery, health and quality of life.
Stephanie Walsh, M.D.
Dr. Walsh completed her medical training in 2001 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where her first introduction to the treatment of Eating Disorders took place. This sparked an interest which has become the driving force in her career. Dr. Walsh completed two years of residency training at Georgetown University in 2003 including work at Fairfax Hospital in Northern VA, Georgetown University Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Washington D.C. She began training at The Center for Eating Disorders with Dr. Crawford at the St. Joseph Medical Center during residency with the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry from 2003-2005. Upon completion of her residency in 2005, she pursued a Fellowship in Eating Disorders with the CED. After a year at Baltimore Washington Medical Center as Medical Director of the Partial Hospital Program, Dr. Walsh returned to The Center for Eating Disorders. She currently works in the Admissions Department performing the psychiatric evaluations and administrative functions related to the admissions process, while also helping to orient patients and families entering the hospital programs.
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Kim Anderson, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology
Dr. Anderson is a licensed clinical psychologist who has focused her career on treatment for individuals with eating disorders. She has published scientific articles and chapters on eating disorders, trauma and associated problems. She developed and directed the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at the CED which has been adapted to inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. Dr. Anderson also directs the training of the post-doctoral fellows at The Center. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, supervision to developing psychologists, supervision of clinical research, and lectures on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Anderson has been with The Center since 1989.
Irene Rovira, Ph.D.
Psychology Coordinator, Inpatient/Partial Hospitalization Program
Dr. Rovira is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently provides evidence-based individual, group, and family treatment for eating disorders on an outpatient basis at CED. Dr. Rovira received an M.A. in developmental psychology from Teacher's College at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in the combined Clinical/School Psychology program from Hofstra University, New York. Prior to joining CED, Dr. Rovira specialized in the assessment and treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. She also provided outpatient and inpatient psychotherapy in hospitals and a private group practice serving children, adolescents, adults, elderly, couples and families coping with a variety of psychiatric disorders including substance use, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder with psychotic features, and Bipolar Disorder.
More recently, Dr. Rovira developed The Center for Eating Disorder's group therapy protocol to treat patients with co-occurring eating disorders and substance use disorders at our higher levels of care. Dr. Rovira currently heads the training for the post-doctoral fellowship program, supervises mental health counselors and developing psychologists, and coordinates the psychological services provided in the inpatient and partial hospitalization program at CED. She also provides family therapy in conjunction with The Center's current NIMH-funded research study on effective therapies for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Dr. Rovira has been with the Center since 2006.
Beth Frederick, PsyD
Dr. Beth Frederick is a licensed clinical psychologist in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology in 2005 and completed her post-doctoral internship on the inpatient and partial hospitalization units at The Center for Eating Disorders in 2006. Prior to returning as an outpatient therapist at The Center, Dr. Frederick worked with adolescents and adults in a college counseling center, providing treatment to students with various psychiatric disorders. Dr. Frederick utilizes both cognitive behavioral and interpersonal treatment approaches.
Amy Gooding, PsyD
Dr. Gooding is a clinical psychologist in the outpatient department of The Center for Eating Disorders. She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received training in cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance based approaches to psychotherapy. She has also received specialized training in working with athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Gooding provides consultation and education to providers and organizations about specific issues related to prevention, assessment, and treatment of athletes and eating disorders. She has been a two time presenter at the "Powered by Me!" conference hosted by University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment and her doctoral dissertation was published in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. She joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow working with the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.
Morgan Krumeich, Psy.D.
Clinical Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Program
Dr. Morgan Krumeich graduated from The George Washington University in 2014 with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree, Dr. Krumeich obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University as well as a Masters in Education (specializing in Applied Child Studies) from Vanderbilt University. She previously spent two years at Sheppard Pratt as a psychology extern at The Lodge School, where she conducted individual therapy, in addition to co-leading group and family therapy. Dr. Krumeich completed a year of internship as a school psychologist in the Newark Public School System before returning to Sheppard Pratt in 2014 to become Clinical Coordinator at The Center for Eating Disorders' Intensive Outpatient Program. Dr. Krumeich has specialized training in working with children and adolescents, but she has experience (and enjoys!) working with individuals of all ages.
Niccole McGowens, Psy.D.
Dr. McGowens has a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (emphasis on family and children) from the Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology located in San Francisco, California. As of August 2016, she recently began a new position at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems. She continues to provide direct patient care and now also provides milieu education to nursing staff regarding eating disorders behavioral management and therapeutic communication, CBT, and DBT all in collaboration with nursing leadership. Dr. McGowens has been employed at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems since July 2008. She will continue to provide group therapy and individual therapy for patients in the inpatient and partial hospital programs. Dr. McGowens provides training to externs/interns. Dr. McGowens’ expertise range from working with child/adolescents to seniors with various mental/behavioral health concerns, including individual, couples, family and group therapy. She has a therapeutic background in CBT, DBT, behavior modification, conflict resolution, adolescent trauma, and substance use. Dr. McGowens’ research interests range from understanding parental involvement with toddlers and preschoolers in preparation for kindergarten and beyond, the effects of divorce on young African-American children, feeding issues with children and the effects of eating disorders and obesity on the African-American population.
Jennifer Moran, Psy.D
Outpatient Therapist and College Liaison
Dr. Jennifer Moran is a licensed clinical psychologist serving adolescents, adults and families in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Moran earned her doctorate from the University of Denver in 2003 and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Suffolk University Counseling Center. Dr. Moran has dedicated her career to working within the field of eating disorders and has been a member of the CED staff since 2005. She operates within an integrative approach, with a special focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based strategies. Dr. Moran served as a family therapist in conjunction with The Center's NIMH-funded research study on effective therapies for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa and is certified as a Family Behavioral Therapist through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She also serves as The Center's college liaison and is available to facilitate trainings, networking opportunities, groups and programs for college students, as well as offering trainings, referral assistance and consultation to area colleges and university counseling centers.
David Roth, Ph.D.
Dr. Roth is a clinical psychologist in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders. He has dedicated his career to the treatment and research of eating disorders, and has presented over 500 lectures and published over 20 articles and chapters on the subject. He provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy. As the Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, Dr. Roth also trains developing psychiatrists. He has been with The Center since 1997.
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Individual, Group and Family Therapists
Dina Wientge, LCSW-C
Sr. Social Worker, Family Therapist
Dina Wientge has been a part of The Center for Eating Disorders staff since 1998. She received her Masters in social work from the University of Maryland in 1994, and she trained at Johns Hopkins University focusing on women's health issues. As senior social worker at The Center for Eating Disorders, she supervises and trains the family therapy staff. Dina specializes in family therapy and eating disorder treatment. She was a family therapist for the multi-site international anorexia nervosa research study for adolescents funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).As a field instructor; she has trained students from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alabama. Dina is a State of Maryland Board-approved supervisor.
Regis Aguglia, LCSW-C
Regis Aguglia joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2014 as a family therapist. He received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 2010. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders, Regis provided individual, family and group therapy in both an outpatient and school-based setting. Regis also has experience providing individual and group therapy for individuals with substance abuse. In addition to family therapy, Regis currently facilitates dual diagnosis specialty groups for patients with co-occurring substance abuse in addition to their eating disorders.
Danielle Behrens, LGPC
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Anh Tu Duong-Gaudio, M.A.
Mental Health Counselor
Anh Tu graduated from Bates College with a Bachelors of Arts in psychology, and Boston College with a Master of Arts in mental health and counseling psychology. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders, Anh Tu worked at the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute and the Behavioral Health Partial Program at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, Massachusetts. Anh Tu has completed extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She was responsible for designing and implementing individual Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) treatment plans for patients struggling with moderate to severe treatment-resistant OCD and co-existing mental health disorders. Additionally, Anh Tu has experience working as a fee-for-service ERP therapist in a private practice setting. She has broad experience providing individual, group and family therapy in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization program, and outpatient clinical settings. At The Center for Eating Disorders, Ahn Tu provides individual therapy and group therapies in the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs.
Rebecca Gavin, LCSW-C
Mental Health Counselor
Rebecca Gavin graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore with a Masters of Social Work. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders in March of 2015, Rebecca worked as a Clinical Therapist providing individual, group and family therapy to youth in the foster care system. While pursuing her Masters of Social Work, Rebecca obtained experience providing therapy within the Baltimore City Public School system and functioned as a Social Work Intern on the Young Adult Unit at Sheppard Pratt. Rebecca’s responsibilities at The Center for Eating Disorders include providing individual and group therapies to patients in the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. She also provides coverage for various groups in the Intensive Outpatient Program. In collaboration with The Center's research department, Rebecca currently facilitates a Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) Specialty Group for patients as part of an ongoing pilot study.
Craig Boas, LCSW-C
Craig Boas received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut in 1995. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders in 2009, Craig worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings in a variety of roles, including time as a family therapist with The Center for Eating Disorders in 2005. Craig's current focus is in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Before rejoining the Center for Eating Disorders staff in 2009, Craig provided treatment at the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of DBT as one of the core treatment modalities. Craig currently works in The Center's outpatient department providing individual and family therapy and facilitating several outpatient DBT groups.
Kelly Bradley, M.A.
Mental Health Counselor
Kelly graduated from West Chester University in 2014 with a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2015 as a mental health counselor in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Her responsibilities include providing individual and group therapy using different methods of treatment including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Therapy. Prior to joining the CED team, Kelly worked as a therapist in an outpatient substance abuse setting. Kelly is currently working towards licensure.
Chelsea Brauns, LGSW
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Lisa Butler, MS, LCPC
Lisa Butler received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. She completed a one-year externship at The Center for Eating Disorders in 2008. Subsequently, Lisa began working full-time as a Mental Health Counselor in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs where she provides individual and group therapy. In 2010, Lisa also began providing individual and group therapy for patients in our outpatient program. Her therapeutic focus is Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal therapy. Lisa currently works in The Center's outpatient department providing individual therapy and facilitating a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group for college-aged individuals with eating disorders.
Hanna Palmer, LCSW-C
Hanna Dietrich graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health, and with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University in 2011. Hanna is certified as a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and is currently working towards her LCSW-C. Prior to joining CED, Hanna primarily worked with children and adolescents with emotional disturbance, facilitating individual, group, and family therapy within a school-based, outpatient, and residential setting. Hanna has also had experience with eating disorders in her previous role as a Mental Health Worker with CED. In her current role, Hanna provides family therapy for adolescent and adult patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization settings and also assists in facilitating the Saturday Collaborative Care workshops for family members and support people.
Rachel Hendricks, LCSW-C
Rachel Hendricks graduated from Widener University with a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality in 2011. She completed two years of internship at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt gaining experience as an individual, group, and family therapist. After completion of her internship, Rachel worked as a family therapist in the inpatient and partial hospital programs and facilitated groups for the dual diagnosis substance abuse specialty track. In 2014, Rachel joined The Center's outpatient staff where she provides individual, family and group therapy tailored to the needs of her patients. She incorporates Bowen family systems, structural family therapy, family-based treatment, cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Rachel plans to pursue her doctorate degree.
Anne Holman, LCSW-C
Anne Holman received her BA from Goucher College and her MSW from the Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. She began her career at Sinai Hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit and later moved to its outpatient clinic, working with patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. Anne was in private practice for five years before joining The Center for Eating Disorders in 1998. In her current role, Anne provides individual therapy to patients on an outpatient basis.
Lucy Holz, LGSW
Lucy received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she minored in African American studies. While at UNC she participated in research related to the parent/child relationship and interned at the Central Regional Hospital working with geriatric patients with chronic mental health needs. Lucy earned her MSW from the University of Louisville with a specialization in Mental Health. While a graduate student she interned in the outpatient mental health community and with the justice department to identify individuals within the justice system in need of mental health services. Lucy also completed an internships at the Louisville VA where she worked with families and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Following graduation Lucy worked in general acute psychiatric care in Indiana where she provided children, adolescents, and adults with individual, group, and family therapy. Lucy has experience with trauma informed care and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Lucy currently provides family therapy and focuses on Relapse Prevention with patients in our inpatient program. She also facilitates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Collaborative Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the group setting for patients and families in our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Debbi Jacobs, LCSW-C
Debbi Jacobs earned her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work in 1999. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, she provided individual, couples and family therapy at the Jewish Family Services in Baltimore with a particular interest in trauma and loss. During that time, Debbi was a field instructor for the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work for seven years, during which she trained and supervised Social Work students in the field. Her therapeutic work is psychodynamic and interpersonal, and she has training in sand tray techniques from The Center for Culture and Sand Play in College Park. Debbi joined The Center's outpatient staff in 2009 and is providing individual and family therapy with a concentration in the Maudsley Method of re-feeding.
Talya Knable, LCPC
Talya Knable is a licensed clinical professional counselor serving adolescents and adults in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders. Talya received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College in 2006. After completing a one-year externship at The Center for Eating Disorders' inpatient and partial hospitalization programs in 2006, she began working full-time as a Community Outreach and Admissions Coordinator, facilitating the intake and admission of patients into the Center's treatment programs. Currently she is working in The Center’s outpatient department providing individual and group therapy. Talya is also an approved LCPC supervisor in the State of Maryland and provides supervision to developing therapists working in the inpatient, partial hospitalization and IOP programs.
Katherine Landry, LGSW
Mental Health Counselor
Katie joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2015. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2015 and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) for the state of Maryland. Before joining the team, Katie worked with families facing domestic violence in Philadelphia. She also spent time working in schools with young children in Maryland, as well as counseling students at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary school. At The Center for Eating Disorders, Katie provides individual and group therapy in the inpatient and PHP programs with a Cognitive/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy focus.
Sarah Majoer, LCSW-C
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Kristen Norris, LCPC
Kristen is licensed by the State of Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Baltimore in counseling psychology in 2011, and her undergraduate degree in clinical/counseling psychology from Washington College in 2008. Kristen has counseled individuals and families in Maryland school systems, in outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment centers and also has experience working in private practice, specializing in substance abuse. Kristen joined The Center for Eating Disorders staff in 2011 and spent fours years conducting family therapy for patients in The Center's inpatient and partial hospital programs. In this setting, she also facilitated the dual diagnosis specialty groups for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders. In her current role with The Center, Kristen provides individual and family therapy in the outpatient setting.
Jill Pieri, LCSW-C
Jill Pieri received her training at the University or Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, during which she interned with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining the staff at CED in 2012, Jill worked with dually diagnosed homeless veterans at the MD Ctr. For Veterans Education and Training. During her time at CED Jill has worked on the inpatient unit providing family and group therapy and was instrumental in the development ofTthe Center's Collaborative Care workshop program for family members and loved ones of patients. Currently, Jill provides individual and family therapy in The Center's outpatient department. Jill is experienced in various forms of eating disorder treatment, including Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing.
Amber Steckman, LGSW
Amber Steckman graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health, and with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Amber is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) for the state of Maryland. Prior to joining the team as a full time Family Therapist, Amber completed her internship at The Center for Eating Disorders and gained experience as an individual, family and group therapist. In her current role, Amber provides family therapy for adolescent and adult patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization settings and also facilitates the dual diagnosis specialty groups for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders. She also facilitates an adolescent Motivation to Change group.
Kristin Wagner, LCSW-C
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Frances Warner, LCSW-C
Frances Warner earned her MSW from the University of Maryland. She has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings including adult outpatient and inpatient and child outpatient treatment. From 1989-1991, Frances received training in object relations therapy from the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 1992 she spent a year as a Clinical Associate at the Tavistock Centre in London, England. Currently she is an advanced candidate in psychoanalysis with the New York Freudian Society. Frances has been with The Center for Eating Disorders for the past 6 years, joining the full time staff in 2005. She currently provides individual therapy for patients at The Center's outpatient department.
Colleen Wilcox, M.S., LGPC
Mental Health Counselor
Colleen joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2015, and is currently a Mental Health Counselor in The Center's inpatient and partial hospital programs. She received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from McDaniel College, and is licensed as a LGPC by the State of Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders, Colleen spent three years as a Mental Health Worker on the female adolescent inpatient unit at Sheppard Pratt. While obtaining her graduate degree, Colleen completed internships at two different outpatient mental health centers in Maryland providing individual and group counseling under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Currently, her responsibilities at The Center for Eating Disorders include providing individual and group therapies, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Colleen is currently working towards LCPC licensure.
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Tori Crandell, MS
Tori Crandell earned her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in 2013. Prior to joining the Center for Eating Disorders, Tori worked in outpatient mental health specializing in mental health and medical co morbidities such as HIV and Diabetes. She was also a part of a research team at Johns Hopkins University which studied the impact of motivational interviewing on behavior change in HIV+ patients. While at Loyola, Tori completed a one year externship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Medical Psychology Clinic where she administered and scored neuropsychological assessments. At The Center for Eating Disorders, Tori assists with admissions by managing referrals from community providers and also works with patients and families at the time of admission to assist in establishing a smooth transition into treatment and helping to plan and allocate resources for a successful discharge. or step-down, from higher levels of care.
Michele Birenbaum, R.N.
Michele graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009. She joined the CED team as a staff nurse in 2010. Prior to joining the admissions team in 2016, she most recently worked on the unit as a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) where she worked closely with a multi-disciplinary treatment team to provide high quality care to patients of all ages in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. As a PCC, she worked closely with patients from their admission through discharge. Her duties included assessing and monitoring the medical and psychiatric day-to-day care of the patients, coordinating the patients’ master treatment plans, and communicating directly with the patients and their families. In her current role as an admissions coordinator, Michele supports incoming patients and families from referral or treatment inquiry up through the day of admission and/or evaluation. In addition, Michele is trained to respond to medical emergencies within the hospital.
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Community Outreach & Education
Kate Clemmer, LCSW-C
Community Outreach Coordinator
Kate Clemmer earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2005 with a focus on Management & Community Organization and a specialization in Child, Adolescent & Family Health. Before joining The Center for Eating Disorders in 2008, Kate provided school-based therapy to adolescents and families in Baltimore City and coordinated a multi-school health education and prevention program. As the CED's Outreach Coordinator, Kate currently facilitates trainings and workshops in the community, provides outreach to individuals interested in The Center's services and coordinates The Center's annual community events. These events include an annual Symposium for health professionals, the Love Your Tree Poster Campaign, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Kate also facilitates The Center's community support group for individuals with eating disorders and their friends/family, held on Wednesday evenings.
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Laura Sproch, PhD
Research Coordinator & Outpatient Therapist
Dr. Laura Sproch is a licensed clinical psychologist who acts as Research Coordinator and outpatient individual and family therapist at The Center for Eating Disorders. Currently, Dr. Sproch is initiating treatment outcome studies, managing quality improvement projects, and developing novel research projects in an effort to contribute to the field’s understanding of effective eating disorder treatment methods. Dr. Sproch received her Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY where she completed her dissertation examining cognitive similarities between differential eating disorder diagnoses. Dr. Sproch originally joined the CED team in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow on the inpatient and partial hospitalization units acting as a family, individual, and group therapist. She has also worked with adolescents and adults struggling with disordered eating at a variety of levels of care, including at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and ‘Ai Pono: The Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI. Her professional interests also include family-based treatment, psychological assessment, school psychology, and research on the transdiagnostic model for eating disorders.
Corie Tippett, M.A.
Corie graduated from the University of Dayton in 2014, earning her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Towson University in 2012. She joined the research team at CED as a volunteer research assistant in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Laura Sproch. Her past research projects include researching Postformal Thought and its effects on relationship quality at Towson University, and completing her Master's thesis on the mediators and moderators of the association between Self-Silencing and depression.
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Genai Bunn graduated from Stevenson University with her Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2013, followed by her Masters of Science in Healthcare Management in 2016. Genai has previous experience at The Center for Eating Disorders as a mental health worker, and also has background in financial case management. As the Discharge Coordinator, Genai works closely with other disciplines, including nursing, psychology, and social work, to develop appropriate discharge plans for adolescent and adult patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care. She also ensures that patient needs are met through consistent communication with patients and their families to schedule follow-up treatment and continuance of care.
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Kelly Daugherty, RD, LDN
Kelly Daugherty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Saint Catherine University in Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship with an emphasis in clinical nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. During this internship, Kelly completed rotations on an acute care eating disorder unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and at The Center for Eating Disorders. Kelly joined the CED team in November 2014. She completes nutrition assessments, teaches nutrition groups and assists patients with menu planning in the inpatient, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient programs.
Rebecca J. Hart, RD, LDN
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She completed the dietetic internship program through Immaculata University, where she also earned her Masters degree in Nutrition Education. Rebecca has previous experience in an acute care setting providing medical nutritional therapy and nutrition education. Rebecca joined the CED team in February 2013 during which time she performed assessments, facilitated weekly nutrition groups, assisted patients with menu planning, and provided nutrition education for individuals and families in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. In 2017, Rebecca joined the outpatient department and now provides nutritional counseling to patients of all ages with a variety of eating disorder diagnoses on an outpatient basis. She has also been active as a speaker/trainer for The Center's professional education and outreach activities.
Hannah Huguenin MS, RD, LDN
Hannah Huguenin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. She received her Masters degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. During this internship, Hannah completed a rotation on an acute care eating disorder unit at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City. She has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 2008, and provides individual nutritional counseling for the outpatient population. In her role at The Center, she provides ongoing support to help patients decrease eating disorder behaviors, meet their nutritional goals and improve their relationship with food through nutrition education.
Rebecca Rhine, RD, LDN, CDE
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Delaware. She completed the dietetic internship program through Long Island University, C.W Post Campus. She has over 7 years of previous experience in both the acute care setting as well as outpatient clinics and wellness centers. Rebecca is a Certified Diabetes Educator. She joined the CED team in January 2015. Her responsibilities include performing assessments, facilitating weekly nutrition groups, assisting patients and families with menu planning, and providing nutrition education for individuals and families in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.
Caitlin Royster, RD, LDN
Caitlin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. She completed her dietetic internship with an emphasis on clinical nutrition and clinical nutrition research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Caitlin has previous experience working in an acute care setting providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education to patients. Caitlin joined The Center for Eating Disorders in July 2014. She completes nutrition assessments, teaches nutrition groups and assists patients with menu planning in the inpatient, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient programs.
Rebecca H. Thomas, RDN, CDN
Outpatient Registered Dietitian
Rebecca Thomas earned her degree in Health Science from Rutgers School of Health Professions and Thomas Edison State College. She completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2006 which included a rotation with eating disorder patients and an additional pediatric/adolescent rotation at GBMC in 2007. Rebecca has been working in private practice since 2009 specializing in both eating disorders and the pediatric population. She is a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians and a member of the Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group. Rebecca joined The Center's RD team in 2017 and currently provides medical nutrition therapy for individuals of all ages in our outpatient and inpatient settings.
joined The Center's outpatient team in 2017.
Jessica Visneski, RDN, LDN
Jessica Visneski received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Business Administration from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She completed her dietetic internship through Pennsylvania State University, which emphasizes a Leadership in Diverse Practice Concentration. Jessica joined The Center for Eating Disorders team in August 2015. Her responsibilities include completing assessments, facilitating weekly nutrition groups, assisting patients with menu planning, providing nutrition education for individuals and families and guiding patients towards normalized eating patterns in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
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Expressive Art Therapists
Julia Andersen, ATR-BC, LCPAT, ATCS.
Expressive Therapy Coordinator
Julia Andersen has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 1994, and was the first art therapist for Mercy Center for Eating Disorders. She became the Expressive Therapy Coordinator with The Center for Eating Disorders at St Joseph's in 1996, and has been with The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt since 2005, supervising expressive therapists and developing body image treatment for adolescents and adults. Julia developed the “Love Your Tree” art campaign, a community outreach and prevention program for Maryland schools, and has authored “The Body Outline Drawing Technique” book chapter in Creative Arts Therapies and Eating Disorders (2008, Stephanie L. Johnson, editor) on the use of the body tracing with eating disorders. In addition, Julia is part time faculty at Towson University within the Family Studies and Community Development Program and within the Graduate Art Education Program.
Charlotte Boston, LCPAT
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Brianna Garrold, MA, ATR-BC, LGPAT, LCPC
Brianna Garrold received her BA in Fine Arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University (formerly College of Notre Dame of Maryland) and her MA from The George Washington University in Art Therapy, with additional coursework in counseling and Trauma-Informed Care. While in graduate school, Brianna worked as an Art Therapy Intern at The Arundel Lodge, Inc. in Edgewater, MD, and also the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA) in Baltimore. Brianna joined The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in 2013 and has worked at higher levels of care using art therapy and mindfulness to help patients tolerate emotions, challenge body image distortion, reduce anxiety, and increase healthy self-expression. Brianna also facilitated the art therapy component of the PTSD specialty group to help patients use the art process to manage trauma symptoms and contain difficult emotions. In 2017 Brianna transitioned from CED's inpatient programs to the outpatient program where she treats children, adolescents, and adults using a unique blend of art therapy and counseling to help support individual and family therapy throughout a patient’s recovery. Brianna also facilitates the ‘Love Your Tree’ workshops in schools as part of the outreach program developed by Julia Andersen. The Love Your Tree campaign is designed to help promote healthy body image in school-aged children using poster-making workshops and an annual exhibit of student artwork.
Aubrey Maggio, LGPAT, LGPC
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Sarah Mann, LGPAT
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Sarah Saffran, LGPAT, LGPC
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Mallory Van Fossen, ATR-BC, LCPAT
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Elizabeth Haldeman, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Coordinator
Elizabeth Haldeman completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Marymount University in 2006. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2010. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Elizabeth worked in a pediatric outpatient facility specializing in sensory integration. Elizabeth currently works with adult and adolescent inpatient and partial hospitalization patients both individually and in group settings to help increase functional life skills through engagement in occupation. In her role as OT Coordinator, Elizabeth oversees the OT staff in their work with patients throughout The Center's inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs.
Christine Brown, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
Christine Brown received her Masters of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Christine spent time providing community-based services as an intensive case manager and worked in a general psychiatric inpatient and partial hospital program. In her current role at The Center, Christine provides occupational therapy for adults and adolescents in our inpatient and partial hospital programs. She assists patients in increasing engagement in valued roles and meaningful occupations through group and individual interventions. In addition to other OT groups, Christine facilitates the sensory awareness and horticulture specialty groups.
Rachel Dehart MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
Rachel Dehart graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public & Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. She received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2010. Rachel is currently an occupational therapist on the Children’s Short-Term Inpatient Unit where she adapts and grades activities to meet various physical, emotional, and cognitive levels of children aged 3-12. Rachel facilitates Life Skills and Time Management occupational therapy groups in the CED Intensive Outpatient Program to assist patients with re-engagement in meaningful occupations at home and within the community.
Kara Trachtenberg, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
Kara Trachtenberg completed her Bachelors of Science degree at the College of Charleston in 2010. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Kara worked in a school-based setting serving children and adolescents with various emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and sensory needs. Kara currently provides occupational therapy for our adult and adolescents in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She provides occupational therapy in both group and individual settings, where she helps patients develop functional life skills through meaningful occupations.
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Paula Goldberg, R.N.
Paula Goldberg received her R.N. in 1977. She was a Senior Clinical Nurse at The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorder Unit for 15 years and Coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Center for 5 years. Paula has been with The Center for Eating Disorders for 11 years, initially as the Community Outreach/Admissions Coordinator, and currently as the Admissions Nurse. She is active in nursing staff orientation and education. Additionally, Paula heads The Center for Eating Disorders' Multicultural Task Force.
Carolyn Hall, R.N.
Carolyn received her R.N. 17 years ago in New York. After graduation she worked as a private duty nurse and substitute school nurse in the states of CT, MA and NY. Carolyn moved to MD in 1999 and joined the orthopedic team at Good Samaritan hospital where she also served on the retention and recruitment committee as well as the evidence-based practice committee. Carolyn joined the Sheppard Pratt Hospital System in May 2007 working on the female adolescent stabilization unit where she was instrumental in helping to reform its program. During this time she became a “blue beader” – part of a special team of nurses who respond to medical emergencies within the hospital. Carolyn was also active in orienting new staff and coordinated unit scheduling for the nursing staff. In March of 2012, Carolyn transferred to The Eating Disorders inpatient program as an Admissions Nurse where she assists patients as they transition to a higher level of care. When there is a need, she also works on the unit as a staff nurse.
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